I will message you the paper instructions from UW.
This is a application essay for the informatics major for UW. Imagine that I really need this major and how the events I have interned/job experience impacted to choose this major. Also include how it is going to influence my future. Mention that I became a resident in Washington from living here for a year and how that has impacted this major. I came from California.
(I have not had any experience/internships in this field so please in the best of your ability and imagination help me create a story to make it sound that I have experience and interned at a company related to this topic before.)
The word limit is 700 words so try your best to reach that amount exact and not over.
I also included a sample from a student got in the major.
Essay Prompts for the academic year 2023-2024 (Autumn and Winter) applications.
In addition to providing information about prerequisite grades and academic history, applicants must submit a statement of less than 700 words that responds to the following prompt.
The Informatics admissions committee believes that all students interested in information deserve to major in Informatics. However, because we have limited teaching capacity and space, we can only admit some of the students who apply. To make the best use of your time and our resources, we select students based on a written response, evaluated against the following five criteria, all weighted equally:
Why are you choosing to pursue an Informatics degree?
Consider: how have you engaged with the study, design and development of information?
What will you bring to this major and community?
What were looking for: were looking for students who have demonstrated that they will be interested, engaged, and active in our program and what we have to teach.
Goals after graduation:
How will pursuing an Informatics major impact your life, community, and/or world after graduation? Consider your goals and how the Informatics degree will specifically support those intended impacts. Your goals may be specific or general, but you should be specific about how the Informatics program will support your post-graduation plan.
What were looking for: it is important that Informatics is actually well-positioned to support your goals, whatever they are. Informatics doesnt support every goal.
Experiences with IDEAS:
What experiences do you have with inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and/or sovereignty in relation to information? These might be the same experience with information you described above, or different ones. These experiences might include learning, volunteering, activism, community organizing, mentoring, teaching, or personal experiences with exclusion or oppression. We are especially interested in experiences in which you took action to address issues of fairness, bias, or exclusion, whether advocacy or self-advocacy, social or technical. You may want to consider the iSchool diversity statement when composing your response.
What were looking for: Its important that Informatics majors are attentive to ways that people can be excluded and oppressed by information and information technology and in general. Were seeking students who are committed to making information technology more just, equitable, and inclusive
Tell us about the learning skills you have developed that will best help you to thrive in Informatics classes. Reflect on your academic journey and how that has prepared you to succeed in our program.
What were looking for: Informatics majors need the ability to thrive academically in subjects related to their goals. Informatics students are active, curious, and engaged as students, classmates, and teammates.
We expect students to already be capable of writing clearly and coherently in English; your response helps us evaluate that.
What were looking for: Clear communication is central to thriving in our courses, as most involve writing. Be sure to check your spelling. Do your best to avoid grammar errors, but note that we will not penalize them for you unless they significantly interfere with our ability to comprehend your writing.
You may include anything you want in your submission, as long as it satisfies the following requirements:
Applicants will copy/paste their submission as plain text into a text box in the application. Be sure to test this before the deadline.
You may include links for reference, but reviewers will not follow any of the links in your statement to complete their review. They will only read the text you submit.
Tips for Completing the Application
The admissions committee will read your statement for evidence of all of the above. Since we read the statement for all five criteria, tell us your story clearly and coherently, potentially organizing your statement around the prompts above, to make it easier for us to assess each criterion (though it is okay if you find other creative ways of organizing your responses, since it might be that a single experience addresses multiple criteria).
As you write, remember that the admissions committee is not looking for just one type of student: We need diversity of all kinds to promote critical learning about people, information and technology, so we need to know what makes you unique. Therefore, focus on telling your personal story, not platitudes or generalities about data, information or technology. These impersonal generalities only make it harder for us to understand you.
Note that many students will meet all of the criteria well, but not all of those students will be admitted. Demand for our program has been too high for us to meet with our current resources, which means declining many students, even students that meet all of our criteria.
Finally, remember that Informatics is not the only path to your ambitions. Our graduates pursue many different careers, and there are many different paths to those careers, most of which dont involve majoring in Informatics. So as you think about your goals and how Informatics might support them, also think about how other majors might support them equally well or perhaps better. Most software developers worldwide, for example, dont have computer science degrees, and most data scientists dont have data science degrees. Think broadly about how to achieve your learning goals.
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